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CERC Migration Graduate Student Stipend Program Information


The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration is the first ever CERC awarded to Ryerson University, building on the university’s strengths and commitments in the area of immigration and settlement studies.

CERC Migration, led by Professor Anna Triandafyllidou, is producing innovative and usable knowledge on the links between migration and post-migration processes, forced and voluntary mobility, internal and international migration, and the role of countries of origin and transit. CERC Migration pays special attention to Canadian realities while also engaging in comparative research with and among other countries in various global regions.


The Canada Excellence Research Chair offers stipends to full time MA and PhD students who are studying at Ryerson University on a migration and/or migrant integration-related topic. The CERC Graduate Stipend Students will be given a working space at the CERC Migration office, will be expected to participate in CERC Migration’s research training activities and workshops, and will overall be integrated into a vibrant research team of scholars and graduate students, enjoying a comprehensive scientific and professional development experience.


PhD: up to $25,000 per year, renewable for a total of four years, subject to annual review of the student’s progress (top-ups for students with external funding are available on a case by case basis, up to $12,500). Available to first year PHD students entering a PHD program.

If a student has accepted an external scholarship, such as a SSHRC or CIHR award, they must forfeit/decline the CERC stipend, however CERC Migration may consider adding a supplement ‘top-up’. These will be considered on a case by case basis and communicated with the Graduate Program Administrator.

(PLEASE NOTE: This is a new process, as of December 21, 2020)




  February 1


 Once incoming students have submitted Program Applications to their   Program of interest, candidates complete the CERC Stipend   Application online form here:, external link

 Online application form requirements:

  • Ryerson ID Number
  • Indicate which program(s) you have applied for
  • CV
  • Transcript
  • Statement of Interest/Letter of Intent from PhD program application
  • Consent for Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample (max 10 pages)
  • CERC motivation letter (max 2 pages) stating that they wish to apply for the CERC Migration Graduate Stipend, why they should be given the Stipend, and how their research relates to at least one of the research themes outlined on the CERC Migration website.

  April 15


 CERC Administrator to email successful students with stipend offer letter   indicating deadline to accept.   


  April 30


 Deadline for student to accept or decline stipend offer, return signed   offer letter.

 If a student has applied for external funding and is awaiting results, the   student should accept the CERC offer and if successful in receiving the   external funding, their stipend amount will be adjusted for a top-up, as   decided by the CERC. In this event, a revised offer letter will be sent to   the student CERC Administrator will send formal email to successful   students with CERC Stipend information and instructions